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April - May 2021
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RotorDrone Pro is the world’s number one drone media brand. We’re dedicated to today’s drone enthusiast and prosumer, serving up essential information for every audience—from beginners to sport racers to professional aerial cinematographers to commerical users.

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United States
Air Age Media
6 Issues

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1 min.
top view

DRONES FOR GOOD Often, drones get in the news for all the wrong reasons (see “When Drones Go Bad” on page 60 for prime examples). So I hope you’ll find the drone operators and technology featured in “A Higher Purpose” as refreshing as we did. From preventing poaching to detecting landmines, there are some incredibly innovative and creative ways that uncrewed aircraft are making our world a better place. If you know of—or are using—a drone in an unusual way to positively impact our planet, I hope you’ll share your story with us at RotorDrone@airage.com. I hope you enjoy this April May/March issue. If you have a story idea you’d like to see addressed in a future issue, please email us at RotorDrone@airage.com. Your feedback helps us continue to make RotorDrone Pro…

2 min.
return to home

RotorDronePro.com › Mailbag After reading “UAS Traffic Management” in the February/March issue, I was compelled to take a moment and send you this email of appreciation. As far as I’m aware, RotorDrone Pro is the only magazine in the U.S. to take on this topic and explain it so well, from the differences between ATC and UTM to the role the FAA plays in keeping air travel save for everyone. Kudos to Mr. Sherman for his thorough and thoughtful analysis. Jerry Christensen, Atlanta, Georgia We appreciate your kind words, Jerry, and I will pass them along to Mr. Sherman. Patrick is an instructor at the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle, and we are indeed fortunate to have someone so experienced and knowledgeable as a contributor. –DC RotorDronePro.com › Mailbag Inspired Intelligence Maps a Gold Mine When…

1 min.
aerial intel

VOLANSI JOINS SKYBORG VOLY Defense Solutions (VDS), a subsidiary of Volansi, Inc., has been named as an official vendor of the U.S. Air Force’s Skyborg Vanguard Program. Skyborg vendors will be tasked with designing specific, to-be-determined aspects of Skyborg experimental aircraft. Skyborg is building a foundation of autonomous technology that will create a powerful family of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) to accomplish a wide range of complex mission sets, including those that are too dangerous for manned aircraft. _ is program will increase overall unmanned capabilities and be a force multiplier for the Air Force. Volansi’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs can take off and land almost anywhere, even in the most remote, complicated terrain. Working alongside companies such as Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Northrop…

1 min.
fruity chutes raven on-landing parachute

This patent-pending device allows a parachute to be automatically released from a payload upon landing to mitigate potential damage caused by wind that could otherwise drag a valuable payload. Unlike other on-landing release devices, the Raven On-Landing Parachute Release (ROPR) is designed specifically for UAV and rocketry use and is lightweight, compact, and easy to use. Its internal hold timer ensures that the parachute will not be released early after initial deployment due to opening bounce or other deployment shocks. “I’ve personally seen, after landing in windy conditions, valuable high-power rockets get dragged for miles and take on heavy damage,” said Gene Engelgau, CEO of Fruity Chutes. He also also notes that rockets are more durable than drones and their cargo, so the ROPR can save a company’s valuable investments. fruitychutes.com…

1 min.
vantage robotics vesper

Sourced and built in the U.S., this new military-grade, 690-gram drone exceeds the specifications of the most elite federal security leaders. Vesper is a complete aerial reconnaissance system that can withstand temperatures of-4F to 113 F and operate reliably and effectively in heavy rain and high winds. It is GPS-denied capable with visual inertial odometry (VIO) for flight indoors or in adverse radio-frequency conditions. Vesper has dual night-vision 4K color cameras, an industrial-grade thermal camera, and 4K electro-optical camera with F1.0 optics and high-sensitivity large pixels. Its impressive 50-minute flight time with speeds up to 45mph (a total flight range of 25 miles) ensure it can complete any mission.…

1 min.
wingcopter raises $22 million

Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and operator of unmanned delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, has secured $22 million in Series A funding. Wingcopter will use the funds to strengthen its leadership in drone-based logistics, with a special focus on healthcare-related applications, including the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The current model, the Wingcopter 178 Heavy Lift, provides both one- and two-way delivery, covering distances of up to 74 miles. It can accurately lower a package through a winch mechanism, or land at the point of destination and return to its origin with new payload. To further expand its market reach, Wingcopter is already accepting pre-orders for the next generation of its aircraft. In addition to selling drones, Wingcopter will rapidly expand its drone-delivery-as-a-service off erings. These services give customers the opportunity…